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Manatee viewers were worried

MANATEE — Bright House cable subscribers in Manatee County were on edge Wednesday.

Channels such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central and 16 others owned by media giant Viacom were on the cusp of being taken off the cable lineup because an agreement could not be reached regarding a carriage fee.

“Oh no,” said Stephanie Dennis when she learned early Wednesday of a possible blackout. “Yeah, that’s going to be a bummer. MTV is certainly one of my favorites.”

And for children, that would have meant no access to Nickelodeon favorites Spongebob or Jimmy Neutron starting today.

Lakewood Ranch resident Benjamin Gowgiel, 6, gasped when his mother told him that Nickelodeon could be shut down.

“What a shame,” said Ann Gowgiel. “It’s not something we would watch the whole entire day. I do think it’s unfortunate because it is age appropriate.”

Time Warner and Viacom reached an carriage fee agreement just after agreeing to extend its midnight deadline by an hour.

Terra McKenna, too, said her children, ages 6 and 9, would have missed programming if the dispute wasn’t settled.

“My kids really enjoy Spongebob, and I think they’re really going to be really disappointed if Bright House turns off that channel,” McKenna said Wednesday when asked about the possible blackout.

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